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For many women who are breastfeeding, having another baby is the last thing on their mind. However, there are many women who are ready to continue building their family quickly and are ready to start trying again.

For these women, there may be concern about whether they are able to become pregnant while breastfeeding. If you are in this situation and looking for information, the information below may provide you with the answers that you have been searching for.

1. Breastfeeding as a Contraceptive

One thing that many women believe is that breastfeeding can be used as a contraceptive. Women who breastfeed exclusively have found that breastfeeding itself can be a natural contraceptive. In order for it to be effective, however, women must feed their baby every three or four hours.

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This contraceptive method works by changing the hormones that are in the body, and may prevent an egg from being released. However, if a mother is supplementing or not feeding the baby often, it will fail and there is a chance that the woman can become pregnant.

2. Is it safe to become pregnant while breastfeeding?

There are many things that you should consider if you are trying to become pregnant while you are breastfeeding. The first thing is the mental state that you will be putting your mind through.

As you probably remember, being pregnant can take quite a toll on your mind and your body. You should evaluate if you are ready to deal with these issues while you are trying to care for a small baby.

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Another issue that you should consider is whether your body is ready to become pregnant again. This may be something that you should talk to your doctor about, but for many women it is best to wait until after they have stopped breastfeeding in order to become pregnant.

For example, women who have had a C-section are advised to avoid becoming pregnant for 18 months following surgery because there may be too much strain placed on the area where the surgery took place.

3. Do I need to do anything differently?

If your doctor says that you are able to become pregnant while you are breastfeeding, there is nothing that really needs to be done differently. However, because you are breastfeeding, you may find that it takes you longer to become pregnant.

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To make it easier on yourself, you should monitor your ovulation cycle carefully, either by using a basal thermometer or an ovulation prediction kit so that you can make sure your body is functioning correctly. If you do find you are not ovulating, you can talk to your doctor about things that you can do to get your body regulated once more.

4. Can I take medications?

This is another topic that you should talk over with your doctor. You should keep in mind that every medication that you are taking, you are also passing along to your baby that you are breastfeeding. Many of the medications that you would take over the counter for fertility problems are probably not healthy for a newborn to be subjected to.

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Therefore, it is very important that you discuss medications with your doctor before you begin taking them. The health of your baby is very important and you should keep that in mind while you are trying to become pregnant. However, it is a good idea to take prenatal vitamins as they offer both you and your baby with nutrients that you need to stay healthy throughout the breastfeeding process and may make it easier for you to become pregnant.

5. Conclusion

If you are ready to become pregnant, but are still breastfeeding, the possibility is still there. However, you may find it is more difficult and it takes a bit longer than usual for pregnancy to occur. Typically, breastfeeding is only a good contraceptive for six months and is not considered a reliable contraceptive during this time either.

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Most women who are trying to avoid pregnancy are suggested to use other forms of contraceptive, such as condoms, while they are breastfeeding. This shows that breastfeeding does not necessarily keep you from becoming pregnant and therefore, you should not be concerned that breastfeeding will keep you from becoming pregnant if you are ready to have another child.



Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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